North Carolina agency warns of drought conditions

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A monitoring agency says most of North Carolina is either severely dry or already experience drought conditions.

The state Drought Management Advisory Council released an advisory Thursday warning of parched conditions from the mountains to the coastline.

The advisory says three counties — Halifax, Northampton and Warren — are experiencing a severe drought, while 27 counties face a moderate drought. Sixty-two counties are classified as abnormally dry.

The council urges a variety of responses, ranging from eliminating non-essential water use in the driest areas to inspecting water systems to make sure any leaks are fixed.

Dry weather can be especially dangerous in the fall, when outdoor fires are common.